noun, plural re·fec·to·ries.

a dining hall in a religious house, a college, or other institution.

Origin of refectory

1475–85; < Late Latin refectōrium, equivalent to Latin refec-, combining form of reficere to renew (see refect) + -tōrium -tory2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for refectory

Historical Examples of refectory

  • Raymonde had just escaped for a few minutes from the refectory, where she was on duty.

  • He would return to the refectory, as if relieved of some great crime.

  • The bell rang for supper, and they went down to the refectory.

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    Hall Caine

  • But if his reception in the refectory was chilling, his welcome in the courtyard was warm enough.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Then the bell rang for breakfast, and he went down to the refectory.

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    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for refectory


noun plural -tories

a communal dining hall in a religious, academic, or other institution

Word Origin for refectory

C15: from Late Latin refectōrium, from Latin refectus refreshed
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Word Origin and History for refectory

"dining hall," especially one in a monastery, early 15c., from Medieval Latin refectorium, from past participle stem of reficere "to remake, restore," from re- (see re-) + facere (see factitious).

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